Winter recreational vessel lockage will be made during daylight hours only, on request at each of the Walla Walla District locks beginning September 16, 2015 and continuing through May 14, 2016. Vessels can contact the lock operator via VHF-FM Channel 14 or commercial telephone.
Commercial vessels continue to have lockage precedence over recreational vessels. At the discretion of the lock operator, recreational vessels may be
allowed to lock through with commercial vessels.
All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. Everyone in the vessel must be wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) during lockage.
Follow the directions of the lock operator when using locks or operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority on the suitability of a craft for lockage. Please refer to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safe Lockage Policy for Recreational Craft on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, published separately, for safety requirements.
Public notices and other navigation lock information are available on the Internet at: http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
For additional information on this matter or copies of our Safe Lockage policy, call Operations Division, at (509) 527-7113 or (509) 527-7115.